Obituaries

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17
Jul

June M. DuFrane

June M. DuFrane, 87, of Clintonville, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Bethany Home, Waupaca. She was born on June 23, 1927, in the town of Pella, Shawano County, the daughter of the late Paul C. and Adelia (Dordel) Gruetzmacher Sr.

June was raised in the Embarrass area. On April 18, 1953, June married Edward DuFrane at the United Methodist Church, Clintonville. The couple had lived in Clintonville all of their married life. June worked at Thimke Jewelers and later Bohl Jewelers until retirement. Mr. DuFrane preceded his wife in death on May 21, 1980, after 27 years of marriage.

June’s hobbies included traveling, socializing at the local casinos and supporting nonprofit organizations, including the Marion Lions Club, by selling their raffle tickets. All with her companion, Verlyn Scheider, for many years. She also was a member of the VFW Post 664 Auxiliary of Clintonville and the United Methodist Church, Clintonville.

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17
Jul

Stephen James Kupsky

Stephen J. Kupsky, “Tailgunner Papa,” 58, of Gresham, died on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Born on Sept. 29, 1955, in Shawano, he was the son of the late Eldon and Inez (Gebert) Kupsky.

Stephen grew up in the Bonduel area and graduated from Bonduel High School in 1973. Steve served in the Vietnam era as a weapons mechanic for the United States Air Force. On Dec. 31, 1977, Steve was united in marriage to Mary Zoglman. He worked as a truck driver as well as a truck driver instructor who owned and operated his own truck. In his free time he enjoyed watching NASCAR and the Green Bay Packers, and was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bonduel.

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17
Jul

Henry James Waupekenay

Henry James Waupekenay, “Hammerin’ Hank,” 55, of Keshena began his journey home on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He was born Oct. 22, 1958, in Keshena, son of the late Joseph and Cecelia (Neconish) Waupekenay.

On Dec. 21, 1995, Henry was united in marriage to Kathi Loomis. Henry really loved hanging out with his family and friends. In his free time he enjoyed many things, including playing slots, fishing, hunting, fixing cars, watching wrestling, shooting pool and the occasional game of cribbage with his brother-in-law.

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17
Jul

Jane Barbara Pankow

Jane Barbara Pankow, 92, of Shawano, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Shawano. Born in Leopolis on Feb. 16, 1922, she was the daughter of the late James and Tillie (Pickas) Aschenbrenner.

On June 24, 1944, she was united in marriage to Harold R. Pankow. Jane worked numerous jobs throughout her life. She worked at canning factories, at Hotz Manufacturing, at Weber Veneer and Plywood, and as a waitress. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. Jane was a kind and loving person who will be missed by all who knew her.

Jane is survived by her granddaughter, Jodi Pankow, of Amherst Junction, and her sister-in-law, Carol Aschenbrenner, of Shawano, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, two sons, Jerry in infancy and David; her parents; two sisters and three brothers.

Tue
15
Jul

Rita Miriam Connahvichnah

Rita Miriam Connahvichnah, 65, of Keshena, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014. Born on Feb. 20, 1949, in Keshena, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Louise (Mahkimetas) Peterson.

On July 3, 1970, Rita was united in marriage to Roderick Connahvichnah in Chicago. The couple started a family and lived in the Chicago area for 16 years before moving to Keshena. Rita worked as an aide in the special education department for the Menominee Indian School District for 25 years before retiring earlier this year. She enjoyed playing Bingo and slots whenever she had the chance. Rita was a wonderful woman with a great sense of humor, and she loved nothing more than spending time with her family.

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15
Jul

Shirley Ann Welcing

Shirley Ann Welcing, 79, of Bonduel, passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014. Born on Feb. 15, 1935, in Chicago, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Clara Meyer.

On June 12, 1954, Shirley was united in marriage to Raymond Welcing Sr. Shirley was very active in the community of Bonduel. She helped at the Bonduel Civic Association, the Fourth of July celebration and the Legion Auxiliary. Shirley was an active member of St. Martin’s Church in Cecil, where she helped with church activities. Shirley loved camping and camped in all lower 48 states. Most importantly, she loved her family and her dogs.

Tue
15
Jul

Dean William “Beaner” Moesch

Dean William “Beaner” Moesch, 79, of Shawano, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, in Shawano. Born on Dec. 27, 1934, in Laona, he was the son of the late Harvey and Bernice (Schultz) Moesch.

Dean enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean Conflict. On May 14, 2014, he married Karen Marcks. Dean loved horseback riding and enjoyed going to the Shawano Civic Center to read the paper and talking on his cell phone.

Dean is survived by his wife, Karen; his children, Debbi (Jeff) Berkhahn, of Green Bay, Dean H. (Lou Ann) Moesch, of Cecil, Dawn (Kraig) Knueppel, of Cecil, David (Mary Jo) Moesch, of Oneida; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth “Pete” Moesch, of Shawano; sisters, Annabelle Hertzfeldt, of Shawano, Jackie (Richard) Abel, of Zachow, and Mary (Bill) Schoenike, of Shawano, brother-in-law, Lee (Bonnie) Marcks, of Waukesha; sister-in-law, Barbara (Mike) Wendt, of Irma; and several nieces and nephews.

Tue
15
Jul

E. Thomas Dennison

E. Thomas Dennison, 77, of Eau Claire, died peacefully at home on Friday, July 11, 2014. He was born to Earl and Clara (Hedtke) Dennison, on Feb. 12, 1937, in Bear Creek.

Tom graduated from Bear Creek High School. In 1956, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Tom married Hilda Turnquist on Dec. 23, 1967, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Greenwood. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time with his family and friends on Shawano Lake.

Tom is survived by his wife of 46 years, Hilda; sister, Mary (Larry) Colassacco; sisters-in-law, Cora (Larry) Solberg and Florence Dennison; brothers-in-law, Chet (Susan) Turnquist and Ed (Brenda) Turnquist; along with his nieces and nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James, Robert (Grace) and John; and mother- and father-in-law, Carl and Evelyn Turnquist.

Sat
12
Jul

Jeremiah “Jerry” Burr

Jeremiah “Jerry” Burr, 84, of Gresham, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Embarrass. Born on Sept. 26, 1928, in Gresham, he is the son of the late Louis and Mary (Gardner) Burr.

Jerry enlisted in the Army on March 5, 1948, and served in both Korea and Japan for which he received three Bronze Stars. He liked cars and enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Jerry is survived by two sons, Jerry and Keith “Porky” Burr, of Gresham; five grandchildren, Misti, Taylor, Shae, Diondre and Sahara; two great-grandchildren, Brystal and Blake; sisters and brothers, Leona Bowman, of Gresham, Burdette Burr, of Green Bay, Donna Bork, of Gresham, Jeremiah “Woody” Davids, of Bowler, Robert (Georgia) Burr, of Green Bay, and William (Patricia) Burr, of Gresham.

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12
Jul

Barbara A. Talley

Barbara A. Talley, 59, of Pella, passed away on July 2, 2014, in Green Bay due to a late discovery of advanced cancer.

Born on Oct. 21, 1954, in Milwaukee, she was the daughter of the late Roger and Dell Steffen.

Barb married and 17 years later was widowed to the late Jim Talley. She was a surgical nurse for more than 20 years, an accomplished horse enthusiast, water skier, snow skier, Packers fan and local gym frequenter. She was more fit and active than most people half her age. She enjoyed traveling, exploring and was a student of anything healthy. She was the best of mothers, a considerate, empathetic, intelligent woman who was never afraid to get her hands dirty. She was a shining example of humanity for us all and she is already wholly missed.

Barb is survived by her son, Jeff Talley, and his son, Jim Talley, and also her daughter, Jennifer Tavernier (Oregon), and her two sons, Payton and Tyson.

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